All comments contained within this blog are my personal observations while serving on the M/V Africa Mercy. They are not the views or opinions of Mercy Ships or partner ministries.»

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Alice in Wonderland

It was a very long trip back to Phoenix. I had a scheduled lay over in Brussels and a non-scheduled lay over in Chicago of five-hours. By the time we got off the ground for the final leg of my journey, I was wiped out.

I made it out and about yesterday. I have traveled a lot, to various countries and reverse culture shock still takes me by surprise. I am not sure if I went down the rabbit hole when I arrived in Monrovia, or if I returned to the rabbit hole when I arrived back in Scottsdale.

The things I took notice of one my outing yesterday were strange things like the cool air flowing through my shoes, all the new cars, sprinklers watering the grass, GRASS, street lamps, stores having electricity, the lack of pedestrians, very few children, no UN vehicles, no UN check points, no street vendors, a fire truck going on a call, lack of smiles on peoples faces, using my debit card to purchase groceries, a gas pump,,, this list could go on and on.

Looking at the above list, there are both positive and negatives from both countries.

I received an email today from Mark. He sent me photos of Alicia. She has her bandages off and looks amazing.

I didn't have a chance to say good-bye to her. She was discharged a couple of hours before I went down to see her. I appreciate these photos so much. This little girl holds a special place in my heart for so many reasons.

I am still working on photos to upload and will perhaps to that tomorrow after church.